Back in March, I posted about how one man was able to help troops cope with life on the battle front by donating used golf balls and clubs. These service men and women use this equipment on make-shift driving ranges in Iraq and Afghanistan to help relieve stress and unwind. I’m happy to report that recently, the organization donated its one millionth club!
But what about the troops that have come home? Well there’s a grassroots movement from a small group called “Wounded Warrior Golf” that is working with Taylor Made to help wounded vets make rehabilitation more fun…by swinging a golf club.
The group is using 3-D motion capture swing analysis to help service men and women get back their full range of motion:
Using the high resolution system that helps Tour players and amateurs alike see their swing with 1/10 degree accuracy, we can show disabled Veterans how they are moving. The built-in biofeedback capability can then be used to help them move more efficiently.
Wounded Warrior Golf is donating a portion of the proceeds from this 3-D golf project to Quality Life Plus (QL+), an organization that “fosters and generates innovations to aid and improve the quality of life for those injured in the line of duty.”
Now the guys over at Wounded Warrior Golf are looking for a little publicity to help with their first charity golf tournament. The tourney (which is being held at the Harmon Golf and Fitness Club near Boston) is taking place on October 4th, with 100% of the profits going to QL+.
They still need a few golfers, but if you don’t live in the New England area, they could use donations too. Check out the golf tournament page on their site to help. It just feels right anytime you can use golf to help others…and helping our returning vets seems pretty right to me.